Near-eye optical technologies are a key enabling technology for Extended Reality (XR) headsets. For immersive VR headsets to transport us to new worlds, lenses are needed to focus and magnify display systems. For AR glasses to overlay digital projections onto our environment, specialized optical combiners blend this information with the real world.
Optics define how users see into created realities, exert a huge force on the design of headsets and partially dictate how long their batteries can last: emerging optical technologies have the potential to make these realities feel more real in a compact device that may be worn all day. For this to happen, substantial development must take place here over the next decade, with emerging optical designs leading to future market disruption.
- Overview of how the changing XR device market has driven new requirements for XR optics
- Outlook for the development of AR waveguide combiner industry, with key innovations highlighted
- Analysis of the rapid rise of pancake lenses in VR and identification of the technologies that may replace them
- Overview of the latest ten-year market forecasts for XR optics, predicting technological winners and the suitability of optics types for different segments of the XR device market